The Gloucester Schooner Festival is a wonderful celebration of Gloucester's fishing and maritime history during labor day weekend. This year's festival, hosted by Maritime Gloucester, is Gloucester’s major marine event, with participating vessels coming from ports along the Eastern seaboard and beyond. There will be both large and small vessels—ranging from 19 feet to over 100 feet in length. You will see new boats and old boats, from newly built (Ardelle - launched 2011) to over 100 years old!
Gloucester Schooner Festival
Maritime Gloucester is hosting their annual Heritage Day in honor of the Gloucester Schooner Festival 2018. Admission is half price for the day. Maritime Gloucester is creating a busy, festive hub of traditional crafters, engaging community organizations in the First Ipswich Bank Pavilion, expert seafood demonstrations, foot stomping music, impossible magic, schooner sails, and fun-filled family activities on Harbor Loop.
Note: Due to the weather, these events have been postponed to Labor Day Monday. The Mayor's Race is a major part of the Gloucester Schooner Festival 2018, where participating schooners in the weekend activities compete for for the Esperanto Cup, Ned Cameron Trophy and Betty Ramsey Trophy off Eastern Point and East Gloucester.
Following the Gloucester Schooner Festival's Parade of lights in Gloucester Harbor, A fireworks display will light up the sky over Gloucester Harbor to celebrate a great day of maritime history and tradition. Good vantage points for viewing fireworks include Gloucester's Boulevard, Stage Fort Park, Pavilion Beach a
United States Coast Guard Station Gloucester is having an open house on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Stop by and learn all about the Coast Guard and its important role in Gloucester! The United States Coast Guard Station Gloucester annual Safe Boating Day Open House will feature local marine vendors, safe boating displays, flare demonstrations, and tours of Coast Guard vessels, and more. Free to the public. Recreational boaters, commercial boaters, Loads of fun for the kids!
Come to Maritime Gloucester for a community celebration of food, music and Gloucester's Maritime heritage! Enjoy freshly steamed lobster, corn on the cob, and a Virgilio's roll— all for $15 per person! Where else can you get a boiled lobster for that price? Relax on the wharf with your dinner or on the slopes of the Fitz Henry Lane lawn while listening to Old Cold Tater & Friends.
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